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Gene Bearden

Henry Eugene Bearden

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 198 lb.

Born: September 5, 1920 in Lexa, AR
Signed
by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1939. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 10, 1947 (Age 26.247)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1948 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Indians/Browns/Tigers/WhiteSox/Senators 1947-1953

Final Game: September 5, 1953 (Age 33.000)
Died: March 18, 2004 in Alexander City, AL
Buried: Sunset Memorial Park, Barton, AR
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Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1947 26 CLE AL 0 0 81.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 10 11.50 9.000 54.0 0.0 27.0 0.0 0.00
1948 27 CLE AL 20 7 .741 2.43 37 29 4 15 6 1 229.2 187 72 62 9 106 80 3 0 5 935 168 3.89 1.276 7.3 0.4 4.2 3.1 0.75 MVP-8,RoY-2
1949 28 CLE AL 8 8 .500 5.10 32 19 0 5 0 0 127.0 140 77 72 6 92 41 2 0 11 593 78 4.70 1.827 9.9 0.4 6.5 2.9 0.45
1950 29 TOT AL 4 8 .333 4.99 26 12 8 4 0 0 113.2 138 67 63 6 65 30 2 1 5 521 89 4.51 1.786 10.9 0.5 5.1 2.4 0.46
1950 29 CLE AL 1 3 .250 6.15 14 3 6 0 0 0 45.1 57 32 31 5 32 10 0 1 3 211 70 5.69 1.963 11.3 1.0 6.4 2.0 0.31
1950 29 WSH AL 3 5 .375 4.21 12 9 2 4 0 0 68.1 81 35 32 1 33 20 2 0 2 310 107 3.73 1.668 10.7 0.1 4.3 2.6 0.61
1951 30 TOT AL 3 4 .429 4.64 38 5 12 2 1 0 108.2 118 63 56 6 60 39 1 0 5 492 90 4.16 1.638 9.8 0.5 5.0 3.2 0.65
1951 30 WSH AL 0 0 16.88 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.2 6 5 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 16 28 3.98 3.000 20.3 0.0 6.8 3.4 0.50
1951 30 DET AL 3 4 .429 4.33 37 4 12 2 1 0 106.0 112 58 51 6 58 38 1 0 5 476 96 4.17 1.604 9.5 0.5 4.9 3.2 0.66
1952 31 SLB AL 7 8 .467 4.30 34 16 10 3 0 0 150.2 158 89 72 13 78 45 1 1 10 676 91 4.49 1.566 9.4 0.8 4.7 2.7 0.58
1953 32 CHW AL 3 3 .500 2.93 25 3 9 0 0 0 58.1 48 27 19 8 33 24 0 0 3 250 137 5.25 1.389 7.4 1.2 5.1 3.7 0.73
7 Yrs 45 38 .542 3.96 193 84 43 29 7 1 788.1 791 398 347 48 435 259 9 2 40 3471 103 4.37 1.555 9.0 0.5 5.0 3.0 0.60
162 Game Avg. 11 9 .542 3.96 47 21 11 7 2 0 194 194 98 85 12 107 64 2 0 10 852 103 4.37 1.555 9.0 0.5 5.0 3.0 0.60
CLE (4 yrs) 29 18 .617 3.76 84 51 10 20 6 1 402.1 386 184 168 20 231 131 5 1 20 1743 109 4.36 1.534 8.6 0.4 5.2 2.9 0.57
WSH (2 yrs) 3 5 .375 4.69 13 10 2 4 0 0 71.0 87 40 37 1 35 21 2 0 2 326 96 3.73 1.718 11.0 0.1 4.4 2.7 0.60
SLB (1 yr) 7 8 .467 4.30 34 16 10 3 0 0 150.2 158 89 72 13 78 45 1 1 10 676 91 4.49 1.566 9.4 0.8 4.7 2.7 0.58
DET (1 yr) 3 4 .429 4.33 37 4 12 2 1 0 106.0 112 58 51 6 58 38 1 0 5 476 96 4.17 1.604 9.5 0.5 4.9 3.2 0.66
CHW (1 yr) 3 3 .500 2.93 25 3 9 0 0 0 58.1 48 27 19 8 33 24 0 0 3 250 137 5.25 1.389 7.4 1.2 5.1 3.7 0.73
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1947 26 CLE AL 0.1 1 0 3 81.00 3.59 1.22 0.00 110.0 2.62 -3 -0.2 3.1 -0.3 -0.5 -3 .259 .499 $4,500
1948 27 CLE AL 229.2 37 29 72 2.82 4.53 0.50 0.00 95.2 3.84 26 2.7 2.7 -0.0 4.5 45 .573 .517 $5,000 MVP-8,RoY-2
1949 28 CLE AL 127.0 32 19 77 5.46 4.70 0.43 0.00 96.3 4.12 -19 -1.8 .9 -0.1 -0.8 -8 .444 .489 $18,000
1950 29 CLE AL 45.1 14 3 32 6.35 5.25 0.17 0.00 97.8 4.96 -7 -0.7 .5 0.1 -0.2 -3 .453 .496 $13,500
1950 29 WSH AL 68.0 12 9 35 4.63 5.49 -0.17 0.00 100.3 5.68 8 0.7 .4 -0.0 1.3 14 .562 .505
1951 30 WSH AL 2.2 1 1 5 16.88 5.51 -0.29 0.00 100.0 5.80 -3 -0.3 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .249 .498 $12,500
1951 30 DET AL 106.0 37 4 58 4.92 4.66 -0.06 0.00 102.4 4.83 -2 -0.2 .9 -0.2 0.5 8 .495 .499
1952 31 SLB AL 150.2 34 16 89 5.32 4.25 -0.05 0.00 105.7 4.55 -13 -1.4 .8 -0.1 -0.3 -1 .458 .491 $12,000
1953 32 CHW AL 58.1 25 3 27 4.17 4.81 0.20 0.00 101.1 4.66 3 0.3 1.2 -0.1 0.7 8 .512 .502 $13,500
7 Seasons 788.0 193 84 398 4.55 4.67 0.21 0.00 99.4 4.44 -11 -0.8 1.0 -0.7 5.0 57 .496 .500 $79,000
CLE (4 yrs) 402.1 84 51 184 4.12 4.67 0.44 0.00 95.9 4.05 -3 0.0 1.2 -0.3 3.0 31 .500 .502 $41,000
WSH (2 yrs) 70.2 13 10 40 5.09 5.49 -0.17 0.00 100.2 5.68 4 0.5 .4 -0.0 1.0 11 .538 .504 $12,500
SLB (1 yr) 150.2 34 16 89 5.32 4.25 -0.05 0.00 105.7 4.55 -13 -1.4 .8 -0.1 -0.3 -1 .458 .491 $12,000
DET (1 yr) 106.0 37 4 58 4.92 4.66 -0.06 0.00 102.4 4.83 -2 -0.2 .9 -0.2 0.5 8 .495 .499
CHW (1 yr) 58.1 25 3 27 4.17 4.81 0.20 0.00 101.1 4.66 3 0.3 1.2 -0.1 0.7 8 .512 .502 $13,500

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1948 ❍ 27 CLE AL WS W BSN 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 1 1 1 10.2 6 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 36 0.656 5.1 0.0 0.8 3.4 4.00
1 WS 1 0 1.000 0.00 2 1 1 1 1 1 10.2 6 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 36 0.656 5.1 0.0 0.8 3.4 4.00

Standard Batting

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1947 26 CLE AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1948 27 CLE AL 37 97 90 14 23 3 0 2 14 0 0 5 9 .256 .295 .356 .650 75 32 2 0 2 1 MVP-8,RoY-2
1949 28 CLE AL 32 49 45 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 11 .111 .149 .111 .260 -30 5 0 0 2 1
1950 29 TOT AL 28 41 35 3 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 4 .200 .300 .314 .614 61 11 2 0 1 1/3
1950 29 CLE AL 14 15 13 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .154 .267 .385 .651 68 5 0 0 0 1
1950 29 WSH AL 14 26 22 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 .227 .320 .273 .593 56 6 2 0 1 1/3
1951 30 TOT AL 38 33 32 7 6 2 0 2 6 0 0 0 4 .188 .188 .438 .625 65 14 0 0 1 1
1951 30 WSH AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
1951 30 DET AL 37 33 32 7 6 2 0 2 6 0 0 0 4 .188 .188 .438 .625 65 14 0 0 1 1
1952 31 SLB AL 45 68 65 6 23 3 0 0 8 0 0 2 10 .354 .373 .400 .773 113 26 2 0 1 1
1953 32 CHW AL 31 24 21 2 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 .190 .190 .190 .381 2 4 1 0 2 1
7 Yrs 212 312 288 35 68 10 1 4 32 0 0 14 42 .236 .272 .319 .591 59 92 7 0 9
162 Game Avg. 162 238 220 27 52 8 1 3 24 0 0 11 32 .236 .272 .319 .591 59 70 5 0 7
CLE (4 yrs) 84 161 148 19 30 4 1 2 15 0 0 9 22 .203 .248 .284 .532 42 42 2 0 4
WSH (2 yrs) 15 26 22 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 .227 .320 .273 .593 56 6 2 0 1
SLB (1 yr) 45 68 65 6 23 3 0 0 8 0 0 2 10 .354 .373 .400 .773 113 26 2 0 1
DET (1 yr) 37 33 32 7 6 2 0 2 6 0 0 0 4 .188 .188 .438 .625 65 14 0 0 1
CHW (1 yr) 31 24 21 2 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 .190 .190 .190 .381 2 4 1 0 2

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1947 26 CLE AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $4,500 /1
1948 27 CLE AL 37 97 -4 -1 0 0 10 6 0.6 0 6 0.6 .517 .504 0.6 0.0 6 $5,000 1 MVP-8,RoY-2
1949 28 CLE AL 32 49 -9 -0 0 0 5 -4 -0.3 0 -4 -0.3 .489 .498 -0.3 0.0 -4 $18,000 1
1950 29 CLE AL 14 15 -1 0 0 0 2 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .508 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $13,500 1
1950 29 WSH AL 14 26 -1 -1 -0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .505 .500 0.1 0.0 1 1/3
1951 30 WSH AL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .500 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $12,500 /1
1951 30 DET AL 37 33 -2 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 0.0 2 1
1952 31 SLB AL 45 68 1 -1 1 0 8 8 0.9 0 8 0.9 .520 .505 0.9 0.0 8 $12,000 1
1953 32 CHW AL 31 24 -3 0 -0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $13,500 1
7 Seasons 212 312 -19 -2 1 0 34 14 1.4 0 14 1.4 .507 .502 1.4 0.0 14 $79,000
CLE (4 yrs) 84 161 -13 -1 1 0 17 4 0.4 0 4 0.4 .505 .501 0.4 0.0 4 $41,000
WSH (2 yrs) 15 26 -1 -1 -0 0 3 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $12,500
SLB (1 yr) 45 68 1 -1 1 0 8 8 0.9 0 8 0.9 .520 .505 0.9 0.0 8 $12,000
DET (1 yr) 37 33 -2 0 0 0 3 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 0.0 2
CHW (1 yr) 31 24 -3 0 -0 0 3 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $13,500

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1948 ❍ 27 CLE AL WS BSN W 2 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .750 1.250 3 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 2 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .750 1.250 3 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1947 CLE AL 26 P 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 1.90 0 0 0
1948 CLE AL 27 P 37 29 15 229.2 68 15 52 1 11 .985 2.63 1.81 .963 2.02 1.99 5 8 62% 48% 2 MVP-8,RoY-2
1949 CLE AL 28 P 32 19 5 127.0 52 9 42 1 2 .981 3.61 1.59 .962 2.12 2.09 3 5 63% 46% 1
1950 TOT AL 29 P 26 12 4 113.2 35 6 22 7 0 .800 2.22 1.08 .950 2.03 1.99 5 5 50% 3
1950 CLE AL 29 P 14 3 0 45.1 16 2 8 6 0 .625 1.99 0.71 .950 2.02 1.99 0 2 100% 1
1950 WSH AL 29 P 12 9 4 68.1 19 4 14 1 0 .947 2.37 1.50 .950 2.03 1.99 5 3 38% 2
1950 WSH AL 29 1B 1 0 0 4.0 2 2 0 0 1 1.000 4.50 2.00 .990 9.45 9.40
1951 TOT AL 30 P 38 5 2 108.2 25 3 21 1 0 .960 1.99 0.63 .953 2.07 2.06 6 2 25% 45% 3
1951 WSH AL 30 P 1 1 0 2.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.10 0 0 0
1951 DET AL 30 P 37 4 2 106.0 25 3 21 1 0 .960 2.04 0.65 .953 2.07 2.06 6 2 25% 45% 3
1952 SLB AL 31 P 34 16 3 150.2 46 12 32 2 0 .957 2.63 1.29 .966 2.10 2.10 6 1 14% 46% 4
1953 CHW AL 32 P 25 3 0 58.1 16 2 11 3 0 .813 2.01 0.52 .957 1.94 1.93 0 2 100% 50% 3
7 Seasons P 193 84 29 788.1 242 47 180 15 13 .938 2.59 1.18 .960 2.05 2.03 25 23 48% 37% 16
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 4.0 2 2 0 0 1 1.000 4.50 2.00 .990 9.45 9.40
7 Seasons TOT 194 84 29 792.1 244 49 180 15 14 .939 2.60 1.18 .960 2.09 2.07 25 23 48% 37% 16
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
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Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1948 AL (8, 15%)
0.15 Career Shares (827th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1948 AL  4.5 (5th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1948 AL  2.43 (1st)

Wins s c a p y
1948 AL  20 (2nd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1948 AL  .741 (2nd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1948 AL  1.276 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1948 AL  7.328 (3rd)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1948 AL  229.7 (6th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1948 AL  15 (8th)

Shutouts s c a p y
1948 AL  6 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1948 AL  106 (9th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1948 AL  0.353 (5th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1948 AL  5 (10th)
1949 AL  11 (1st)
1950 AL  5 (9th)
1951 AL  5 (7th)
1952 AL  10 (1st)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1948 AL  168 (1st)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1948 AL  43 (1st)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1948 AL  4.4 (1st)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
1948 AL  51.39 (2nd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1948 AL  4.6 (1st)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1948 AL  3.0 (3rd)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
1948 AL  5.6 (2nd)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1948 AL  15 (5th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1948 AL  52 (2nd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1950 AL  7 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1948 AL  2.63 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1948 AL  1.81 (3rd)

                           

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 4 (476), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 19 (1133), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 16 (758), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 6 (1288), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1094th), 6.5 career WAR/6.5 7yr-peak WAR/6.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1947 26 Cleveland Indians $4,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1948 27 Cleveland Indians $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1949 28 Cleveland Indians $18,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 29 Cleveland Indians $13,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts CLE/WSH
1951 30 Washington Senators $12,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts WSH/DET
1952 31 St. Louis Browns $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1953 32 Chicago White Sox $13,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$79,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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